The Art of Seeing II
One of my goals is to become a more deliberate photographer; to slow down. Too many times I’ve rushed through a location, seeing the obvious and shooting what presented itself first. Yeah sure, a person can get lucky sometimes, but the more I stop and really see, the better photographs I produce. Also I’ve been holding ideas in my head and returning to a location when the conditions are more favorable. I’ve never been much of a planner when it comes to photography, but lately I’ve been setting small goals for myself – nothing crazy or elaborate, more like wish fulfillment. By keeping specific photographs in mind I have fewer distractions in the field and waste far less time. It has paid off.
I’d walked by this little waterfall a couple of times and had an idea to shoot it, but needed overcast skies, which I was rewarded with this past Sunday.
Further downstream I noticed the eddies and whirlpools thrown up by other waterfalls…the bubbles on the surface marked where this phenomenon took place. Ah…long exposures. That would do the trick.
I knelt down on the far bank and had a look. Must get that little Charlie Brown tree in. It’s cute and balances the composition. Twenty seconds and a bit of tripod contortions later and I achieved this –
I can barely tell you how pleased I am with this image. Just after taking it, a couple of my photographer friends came by and got busy themselves at this same pool. I changed to a new vantage point and continued to shoot –
While shooting these perched on my boulder I chatted with one of my friends who said he was continuing downstream and asked what there was to see. I told him, but got distracted. He pushed off, not wanting to wait for me. No worries. I had spotted something definitely worth sticking around for –